Nishikori topples giant Karlovic to reach quarters

first_img(REUTERS) – Kei Nishikori cut down the towering Ivo Karlovic of Croatia with surgical precision in a straight-sets win yesterday that lifted the sixth-seeded Japanese to the US Open quarter-finals.Nishikori, the US Open runner-up two years ago, beat Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4), in the final main draw singles match at Louis Armstrong Stadium, which will be replaced by a new stadium with a retractable roof for the 2018 tournament.It was a David and Goliath clash of physical opposites, but the 6-foot-11 (2.11m) Karlovic’s tennis game, apart from his prodigious serve, was overshadowed by the skills of Nishikori, more than a foot shorter at 5-10 (1.78m).The quick-footed Nishikori made Karlovic look like he was standing still, which he often was, as he raced to victory in two hours to earn a berth into the last eight.“It’s never easy against someone like Ivo, he has a great serve,” Nishikori said in an on-court interview. “I made a lot of returns of first and second serves and was happy with my return game today.”Nishikori will play either second seed Andy Murray of Britain or 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals.“I’ve been playing well, especially today,” the Japanese said. “I think I played one of (my) best matches so far. So will try to recover well and play (more) good tennis next round.last_img

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